Monday – Enjoy the gorgeous fall weather as you get a dose of nature in an unexpected place: Winkler Botanical Preserve. Located just off 395 and Seminary Road in Alexandria, the park is a lovely outdoor surprise in an area full of office complexes and strip malls. Hours are 8:30am – 4pm, and admission is free.
Tuesday – Hit the playground at Wheaton Regional Park. Two levels of slides, climbing nets, monkey bars, swings, and more fun features will appeal to all ages and abilities. Pack lunch to eat at nearby picnic tables under the lofty trees. It’s open sunrise to sunset, and admission is free. You can also go in the evening to experience the Haunted Train and Creepy Carousel from 6-9pm. Recommended for ages 8 and up, admission is $5 plus a can of food.
Wednesday – Visit the animals, roam the peaceful grounds, and possibly join in a children’s program at Oxon Hill Farm. Hours are 8am – 4:30pm, and admission is free.
Thursday – Join Joanie’s Halloween Party at this month’s “Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian” session. Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights will perform songs from her latest album, Bandwagon, along with other hits and kid-friendly Halloween tunes. Showtimes are 10am and 11:15am both Thursday and Friday. Admission is $3-6.
Friday – See an amazing collection of model ships, peer into a real periscope, sit in the gun seats of old fighter planes, view naval artifacts hundreds of years old, and much more at the U.S. Navy Museum. Located on the Navy base in southeast DC, it’s a treasure trove of fascinating exhibits. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free.